“Service to Both Al Qaeda and U.S., and a Fate Hanging in the Balance” The New York Times

The New York Times reports on Bryant Neal Vinas, an American who joined Al-Qaeda and was captured and returned to the U.S. for trial. Vinas then provided ample intelligence on Al-Qaeda to the FBI. Don Borelli, a former FBI supervisor who oversaw his case said that Vinas is an early example of online radicalization. Borelli said, “we didn’t have all these 18-year-olds going on Facebook and getting radicalized. He was one of the first guys we saw who did that. He was a big deal. He allowed the government to gain critical insights into Al Qaeda. Having that insight allowed the U.S. government to mount disruption operations.” Due to the critical information Vinas provided, his sentencing was lenient.